Video games today are complicated. There are 3D worlds that recreate 3D physics that have to interact with one another. So even the most polished game, titles like “Red Dead Redemption 2” and “God of War,” are going to have the occasional glitch.
“WWE 2K20,” released this week for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, has so many issues and glitches it can only be called broken at this point.
Like the Madden and NBA 2K franchises, WWE 2K is an annualized series with new games coming out each year. Some of my favorite gaming memories are of playing old WWF games with my friends in college. I don’t buy the new games every year, but I do pick them up ever few years to see what has changed.
I planned to pick up this year’s game, but I’m glad I held off now. While most annualized series make improvements each year, “WWE 2K20” not only looks worse than last year’s installment, it plays worse.
I have seen dozens of clips of matches going haywire. In one clip, the referee glitched out and got too close to wrestler Charlotte Flair while she was doing her finishing hold but instead it looked like she was performing a sex act. Another clip had Ronda Rousey about to be slammed on the steel steps that had been tossed in the ring. Right before she was slammed though, the steps fell through ring and then the whole thing glitched out. Ronda got stuck in the ring ropes and the ref and the other wrestler started walking on air.
The WWE 2K series has its roots back in the old SmackDown! wrestling games on the original PlayStation. Japanese developer Yukes has been working on the series for the past 20 years. Since 2K took over the publishing rights to the WWE games in 2013, Yukes has co-developed the games with 2K’s own studio, Visual Concepts. This year was the first year that Yukes stepped aside (rumored to be creating a wrestling game to compete with the WWK 2K series) leaving Visual Concepts on their own for the first time.
Fans have been calling for the WWE 2K series to take some time off and do a complete overhaul on the game. After how badly this year’s game was botched, I really hope they do that.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and "Friday the 13th: The Game.“ You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID, DustRAG316.